Caramel Popcorn

Yummy popcorn with a thin and crispy coating of caramel sauce!

Caramel popcorn is one of the best treats to be enjoyed while watching a movie or as a dessert for gatherings. Just make an extra batch and store it in an airtight container to last for two to three weeks. Since it stays fresh for a few weeks, it makes an amazing food gift too.

popcorns in a pan
popcorns in a pan zoomed in photo
caramel sauce in a saucepan
caramel sauce poured over the popcorns
caramel coated popcorn spread out in a large tray to cool down
caramel coated popcorn in a glass jar for gifting

Caramel Popcorn

Course: Snacks, DessertCuisine: VegetarianDifficulty: Easy


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Yummy popcorn with a thin and crispy coating of caramel sauce!


  • For the Popcorn
  • 1 Tbsp vegetable oil (neutral flavor)

  • ⅔ cup popcorn kernels

  • ½ tsp salt

  • For the Caramel Coating
  • 1 cup sugar

  • ¼ cup unsalted butter

  • 1 tsp baking soda


  • Heat oil in a large pan/pot over medium heat. Add the popcorn kernels and salt. Stir until they start popping, then turn the heat to low and cover the pot with a lid.
  • As the popcorn pops, shake the pot gently every few seconds.
  • Turn off the heat when the popping stops and set the pot aside to cool down.
  • Now place a saucepan over low heat, add sugar and let it melt. Once it starts to melt, add butter and stir until the sugar and butter completely dissolve and the color of the mixture turns golden brown.
  • Be careful while handling the caramel sauce as it’s very hot. So, do not be tempted to taste the caramel or stick your finger in the pan.
  • As the sugar and butter have dissolved, add the baking soda and stir. Once the caramel foams, turn off the heat and immediately pour the sauce over the popcorn and quickly toss to evenly coat the popcorn.
  • Transfer the caramel-coated popcorn to a parchment-lined baking tray and spread evenly.
  • Let the popcorn cool completely on the baking tray. Then gently break into pieces and serve.

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